The NBA is full of rivalries but it is also a big family that helps each other out. In a recent interview, Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek revealed coaches are okay with helping opposing players get better. It means that Kristaps Porzingis will work out with Dirk Nowitzki in the offseason.
Hornacek says fraternizing the enemy is allowed
The goal of all NBA teams is to win the championship at the end of the season. They consider every other team as the enemy. However, head coaches also look out for other players in the league, according to the New York Knicks head coach.
Hornacek told The Seattle Times that he reached out to Dallas Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle in the offseason. He wanted Mavs superstar Dirk Nowitzki to work out with Knicks unicorn Kristaps Porzingis.
“Most coaches, they want all the players in the league to do well and so when you have a young player like that, if you have a veteran on your team and somebody calls you up and says, ‘Hey, will this guy have him in his workouts,’ a lot of these guys get together anyway so it’s not that big a deal,” Hornacek said.
Kristaps Porzingis and Dirk Nowitzki to work out soon?
Porzingis has been compared with Nowitzki since he entered the league. They did not have a sync schedule in the offseason but Hornacek is looking forward to next summer. He is hopeful that 2007 MVP can work out with the Knicks sensation.
“Guys, especially the veteran guys, they like taking young guys kind of under their wing, showing them some tricks and hopefully maybe someday we can get Dirk to work with KP,” Hornacek added.
Other veterans working with young NBA players
Back in his time with the Phoenix Suns, Hornacek called up San Antonio head coach Gregg Popovich. He arranged a work out between Suns center Alex Len and Spurs legend Tim Duncan.
Kobe Bryant also helped rookie Buddy Hield in the summer. There are also reports stating that he worked out with Russell Westbrook and Kawhi Leonard.
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